Episode #644

Lethem, Bird, Dolly

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Studio 360 spends some time on its own. Kurt Andersen and his guest, the novelist Jonathan Lethem, discuss the pleasures and hazards of being alone. They’ll talk about the solitary work of writing a novel, and about musicians who ditch their bands to go solo. And we hear from playwright Will Eno and James Urbaniak, the actor who originated the role of Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), the acclaimed one-man show running Off Broadway. Plus: Dolly Parton drops by to talk to Kurt about her new album, Those Were the Days

Guests:

Jonathan Lethem

Special Guest: Jonathan Lethem

Kurt Andersen and writer Jonathan Lethem look at musicians, writers and artists who embrace solitude. Some exile themselves, others don’t have a choice. Either way, the experience of being alone affects their art and their personal lives.

A native of New York City, Jonathan Lethem is famous for ...

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One-Man Band

Many artists wonder if distractions of the modern world compromise their creative process. Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird decided to put that theory to the test, holing up on a farm in western Illinois. For his stage shows, he learned to play all the parts to his songs. ...

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All By Myself

Bob Paul is a graphic designer and painter who's been working in his attic since quitting his very first job. He doesn't need anybody else, because he doesn't care what other people think. His son, producer Richard Paul, also works alone, but doesn’t like it. Richard asked Bob about the ...

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Thom Pain

We know the name of the man on stage, but we don’t know much else about him – he constantly revises his opinions and his portrayal of himself. In the acclaimed Off-Broadway play Thom Pain (based on nothing), playwright Will Eno explores some of the darker and ...

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Dolly Parton

At age ten, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly Parton launched her country music career and 50 years later she shows no sign of slowing down. Over the years she has become a movie star, a theme park creator, and a literacy activist. Dolly talks to Kurt about her ...

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